Office of Public and Employee Communications (OPEC)
OPEC Main Number: 916-445-4950

The Office of Public and Employee Communications (OPEC) is composed of the Press Office, Office of External Affairs, and Office of Internal Communication. The goal of OPEC staff members is to provide timely and relevant information through various media that educates the public, the media, lawmakers and internal staff members on the policies, events and successes of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

OPEC coordinates press conferences, develops/disseminates public information via press releases, advisories, and website and social media postings. OPEC also facilitates media interviews, oversees documentaries, organizes media tours of prisons and other CDCR facilities, and provides training to Public Information Officers working the department’s 34 prisons, Juvenile Justice facilities, fire camps and parole regions.

OPEC Contacts

Name & Email Title
Jeffrey Callison Assistant Secretary, Communications
Michelle Mraule Staff Services Manager

Press Office

Vicky Waters Press Secretary
Terry Thornton Deputy Press Secretary
Luis Patino Information Officer II
Kristina Khokhobashvili Information Officer II
Bill Sessa Information Officer I
Joseph Orlando Information Officer I
Alexandra Powell Information Officer I
Richard Barraza Office Technician

Office of External Communications

Albert Rivas Chief, External Communications
Vacant Deputy Chief
Matthew Westbrook Associate Governmental Program Analyst

Internal Communications & Multimedia Office

Bill Enfield Chief, Internal Communications
Don Chaddock Associate Governmental Program Analyst
Holly Stewart Associate Governmental Program Analyst
Scott Sabicer Director, Television Communications Center (Supervisor)
Cam Applegate Television Specialist
Eric Owens Television Specialist
Jeff Baur Television Specialist
David Novick Television Specialist

Web Task Force

Thomas Gonzales Webmaster
Nic Solberg Associate Information Systems Analyst
Camaron Foster Associate Information Systems Analyst

Media Inquiries

The Press Office researches and responds to inquiries from the media. Facts are gathered as quickly as possible and provided to the inquirer. If the requested facts are not known or are otherwise unavailable, the inquirer shall be informed and the reasons therefore. Contact the Press Office at (916) 445-4950.

CPRA Requests

As part of the California Public Recorts Act, public records maintained by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (the Department) will be available for inspection by members of the public. More info

Additional Contact Info

Call the CDCR Main Number at 916-324-7308 or visit the CDCR Contact Information page.